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Slowness to name Cabinet tops grievances in Suan Dusit Poll

Jun 30. 2019
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By The Nation

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Failure to form a new government – more than three months after the election – emerged as the greatest cause for concern among citizens responding to a Suan Dusit Poll last week.

Almost 47 per cent of respondents expressed suspicion over the length of time it’s taking to get the coalition government in place, according to poll results released on Sunday.

Respondents specifically cited uncertainty over the distribution of Cabinet portfolios among coalition parties, amid news media reports of infighting within the coalition and even among factions of the main coalition partner, the Phalang Pracharath Party.

Suan Dusit University quizzed 1,327 people from June 25 to 29 about the top 10 political issues that remain unresolved in the public’s view.

More than 38 per cent of those surveyed zeroed in on corruption, a chronic problem in Thai politics.

Another 33.4 per cent said they wanted clear answers to issues stemming from the March 24 election. 

These included the Election Commission formula for calculating the number of party-list MPs and allegations of vote fixing and electoral fraud.

Others involved concern over the new administration, the selection of senators, perceived double standards in law enforcement, the matter of MPs illegally retaining shares in media firms, economic worries, budgeting for government projects, and poor ethics perceived among some politicians.

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